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Sheldon Gary Adelson and his wife Miriam Ochshorn visit the American ambassador's house in Tel Aviv in 2009.
Sheldon Adelson and his wife Dr. Miriam Adelson visit the American ambassador's house in Tel Aviv in 2009.

Jewish philanthropist Dr. Miriam Adelson is to be among seven individuals to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom next Friday by U.S. President Donald Trump.

The medal is America’s highest civilian honor, along with the Congressional Gold Medal.

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“Miriam Adelson is a committed doctor, philanthropist, and humanitarian,” read the announcement by the White House.

“She has practiced internal and emergency medicine, studied and specialized in the disease of narcotic addiction, and founded two research centers committed to fighting substance abuse.

“With her husband, Sheldon, she also established the Adelson Medical Research Foundation, which supports research to prevent, reduce, or eliminate disabling and life-threatening illness.

“As a committed member of the American Jewish community, she has supported Jewish schools, Holocaust memorial organizations, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces and Birthright Israel, among other causes.”

The Adelsons own the Israeli free daily newspaper Israel Hayom and are also major supporters of the U.S. Republican party.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.